April 25, 1998
BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California baseball team defeated top ranked Stanford, 10-2, Saturday at Evans Diamond. The Bears improve to 17-28 overall and 3-22 in the Pac-10 Southern Division, while the Cardinal fall to 35-8-1 overall and 17-6 in the Six-Pac.
Led by the pitching of sophomore right-hander Jon Shirley and the hitting of freshman shortstop Xavier Nady, Cal defeated No. 1 ranked Stanford for the second time this season (other victory was a 4-3 win at Stanford, Apr. 10), giving the Bears two of their three league wins over the Pac-10 leading Cardinal.
Shirley improved his record to 3-4 by outdueling Stanford star pitcher Chad Hutchinson and going 7.0 innings with only two hits, one run (a solo home run), with four walks and three strikeouts. Nady, who went 2-for-4 on the day, had a key three-run double in the Bears four-run third inning. Other top hitters for Cal included Juan Hernandez, Curtis Johnson and Rob Meyer with two hits apiece. Hernandez had a solo home run in the fourth inning.
Hutchinson went 8-3 on the season, pitching 6.0 innings with six hits, five runs, six walks and five strikeout. After Hutchinson went out in the seventh, the Cardinal went through four relief pitchers who ended up giving up five runs. Sophomore Brad Steele pitched the last two innings for Cal, giving up a solo home run to John Gall in the eighth. Gall had also hit a solo home run off of Shirley in the sixth inning to account for Stanford's two runs. Edmund Muth got the only other hit for the Cardinal.
The Bears will next travel to Stanford Sunday, Apr. 26 at 2 p.m. at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal had won the first game of the three-game series Friday night, 4-3, at Sunken Diamond.
Stanford: Gall, solo home run in the sixth. Gall, solo home run in the eighth.
Cal: Hernandez, solo home run in the fourth